Haseeb Ahmed

Brussels, Belgium


HASEEB AHMED (b.1985) is a research-based artist. Originally from the US, he now lives and works in Brussels. He produces objects, site-specific installations, films, and writes for various publications. Often working collaboratively Haseeb integrates methodologies from the hard sciences into his art production. Currently he works with the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI) in Brussels for his project, The Wind Egg Trilogy. The project blends art and aeronautics, myth and technology, to create new narratives for the present. Ahmed has been a lecturer at the Zurich University of the Arts, Royal Academy of the Art in The Hague, and Sint Lucas Antwerp School of Art and Design. Ahmed received his PhD in practice-based arts in at the University of Antwerp and Saint Lucas Antwerp School of Art and his Masters from the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (2010). He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ahmed has been a resident at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht (NL) and the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and painting (US) among others. His work has been exhibited internationally including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (US), The Gothenburg International Biennial of Contemporary Art (SE), the Museum Barengasse Zurich (CH), and De Appel in Amsterdam (NL). He is represented by Harlan Levey Projects in Brussels.

MindSpaces project

Pneuma In and Out

My project uses air as a medium to read the conditions of labor in a contemporary office space. As architecture is pushed towards sustainability it becomes less inhabitable. Energy consumption from heating/cooling air is reduced by sealed windows fitted with automated sun-blocking blinds. Using computational fluid dynamic simulations and working with Mindspaces partners I work to make both the invisible air and labor conditions visible at once. This project also explores the associations that  the fluid medium of the air has with vitality, time, and creation across cultures historically with sculptural and virtual artworks.

Haseeb Ahmed - MindSpaces residency artist

Haseeb Ahmed Works

4,5,5,6. Materials: Gouache, ink, 3D print, map pins, and five euro bill. Dimensions: 71 x 71 cm
Inputs: Embodying the Wind. Hasseb Ahmed
Wind Egg. Hasseb Ahmed. 2018